COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Frederick Douglass (Upper Marlboro, Md.) inside linebacker Marcus Bowman hadn’t ventured over to nearby Maryland since April, but the 6-foot-3, 225-pound thumper finally made it back July 30 for the Terps’ cookout event. Bowman ended up arriving a little late, but he said he and his mother had a good time reconnecting with the UMD staff.
“There was a little bit of a mix-up there, and I thought the coaches said the [cookout] started at 4 p.m., not ended then,” laughed Bowman, who holds offers from UMD, Syracuse, Iowa, NC State, Marshall and Temple. “But it was still a good time, and it was my mom’s first time up there too, so it was good for her to see the school. We got to go in the back [of the team house] with the coaches, and we sat down with Coach Aazaar [Abdul-Rahim], Coach [Andy] Buh and Coach [Matt] Barnes. I didn’t see Coach [D.J.] Durkin, but I’ve met him before and he’s a cool guy.”
Bowman’s area recruiter is Abdul-Rahim and his position coach is Barnes, but the Douglass three-star spent the majority of the time talking to the defensive coordinator Buh. It was the most extensive conversation the two have had.
“Coach Buh, the DC, he was a cool guy and he did a good job explaining the defense and my role there,” Bowman said. “He showed me how they line up, and how it’s a lot of 4-3 base, but it can switch into a 3-4 and different packages. He was telling me how their philosophy is to attack the ball and show different looks. And that’s kind of what we do at Doug [Douglass], so that was good to hear.
“I know he wants me as a MIKE, in the middle of that defense, which I like.”
Most of Bowman’s offers are for defensive end, Maryland being the only one for inside backer. But that doesn’t seem to bother the DMV recruit.
“Not at all,” laughed Bowman. “I mean, at inside linebacker I can see the whole field, angle in and hit whoever comes my way. That’s fine with me (laughs).”
In addition to Buh, Bowman said it was good to see Abdul-Rahim and Barnes again. Bowman said he’s still in regular contact with the former, while he hit it off with the latter during his previous trek to UMD.
“Coach Aazaar and Coach Barnes were just excited to see me. Before, Coach Barnes, he just said he really likes how I attack and how physical I am,” Bowman said. “But this time they were just telling me to keep my grades up and asking how I was doing in summer school. I told them I was doing well, and I’m on top of [my grades]. I think I’ll definitely qualify; I’m working for it.”
Bowman said his mother enjoyed meeting the various coaches as well.
“My mom likes Maryland and she likes that it’s convenient for her to get to,” Bowman said. “But she’s letting me do my own thing; she’s not telling me what school to go to.”
Besides UMD, Bowman has seen Syracuse and South Carolina (no offer) this summer. He has no other trips planned, nor is he sure which programs he wants to officially visits.
“I have to see who really wants me. Mostly, I’m in touch with Maryland, Marshall, Syracuse, Rutgers and South Carolina, but they all want to make sure I’m straight in the classroom,” Bowman said. “So I can’t say right now where I want to officially visit, because I have to see who’s going to stay on me.”
For now, though, Bowman is maintaining a top-two leaderboard of UMD and Cuse. He wants to attend games at both programs this fall.
“Syracuse is a real nice school. I met their coaches and they made me feel like family up there,” Bowman said. “And [former teammate] Devin [Butler] is up there, so that’s cool too.”
Bowman does not plan to select a school until next winter.